kykNET’s Kokkedoor is back to make more delicious memories

A fresh season of Afrikaans cooking competition reality show Kokkedoor brings new food stories to the Mother City. 

Too many cooks spoil the broth, the saying goes, but not in the season 3 debut of Kokkedoor on kykNET, which sees 30 contestants arrive in Cape Town. The action has moved from the platteland to the Mother City’s Atlantic Studios, and things are hotting up in the kitchen. Ten contestants will be axed by the end of the first episode, leaving 10 teams of two to go forward in the competition.

The new intake of contestants includes 20 “memory chefs” called “onthoukokke”, and 10 “twist chefs” or “kinkelkokke”. The new arrivals’ first task – on a time limit, of course – will be to come up with any egg dish that brings back good memories. The pressure will be on right away. For 10 of the memory chefs their first dish will also be their last, as they’ll be sent home based on their results.

The other 10 will be paired up with the 10 more avant-garde professional chefs, and together, these 10 teams will compete for the big prize – a Swift from Suzuki South Africa, R200 000 in cash from Food Lovers Market for the winning memory chef, and R200 000 from Clemengold for the winning team’s twist chef. The runners-up each win R100 000 in cash from Spekko.

What is a memory chef?

So what exactly is a “memory chef”? Well, they’re the flag carriers for “memory food”. While they don’t have professional cooking experience or formal training, these cooks bring an essential ingredient to the show – their love for preparing traditional dishes and recipes. Their inspiration comes from their memories and the tried-and-tested cooking methods passed down from their mothers and fathers, their aunts and their grannies.

What is a twist chef?

The “twist chefs” have a different challenge. They have to use their chef’s qualifications, professional kitchen experience and technical know-how to come up with new dishes and adapting familiar recipes with fresh flair and tasty twists.

As with the first two seasons of the show, judges Hetta van Deventer-Terblanche and Nic van Wyk are back, with well-known food writer and blogger Sam Woulidge joining the taste-testing panel as the third judge this season.

The 30 contestants on the starting block

Here’s the full list of contestants you’ll meet in the first episode.

Memory chefs

  1. Georgina Damons, Knysna
  2. Gerda Buter, Standerton
  3. Gertals Smith, Mitchells Plain
  4. Jaco Nel, Heidelberg
  5. Lientjie Wessels, Cullinan
  6. Madelein Roets, Philadelphia
  7. Mariana Kotze, Standerton
  8. Mariette Aucamp, Koffiefontein
  9. Marlene Wessels, North Riding
  10. Ralph Farmer, Krugersdorp
  11. Rita Willers, Bloemfontein
  12. Salome Froneman, Dundee
  13. Sanette Louw, George
  14. Sonja De Beer, Pretoria
  15. Tino Williams, St Helena Bay
  16. Tippie Enslin, Randburg
  17. Tossie Van Rensburg, Caledon
  18. Werner Du Toit, Still Bay
  19. Wilhelmina Garcao, Bloemfontein
  20. Zelda Els, Hopefield

Twist chefs

  1. Anmar Wilding, Wellington
  2. Annelize Visser, Woodstock
  3. Danie Du Toit, Kempton Park
  4. Ilana Gossmann, Newcastle
  5. Pasch du Plooy, Heilbron
  6. Pieter Malan, White River
  7. San-Marie Kotze, Bredasdorp
  8. SJ Nel, Stellenbosch
  9. Snoes Gildenhuys, Stellenbosch
  10. William White, Hartswater

Kokkedoor S3 starts on Thursday 18 July on kykNET (144) at 20:00. Stream online with DStv Now or binge-watch the previous seasons on Showmax.